WCD’s Open House and Call for Winnipeg-based Professional Dancers Wednesday, June 5th

Advance registration required.
Please register, via email, by June 4th at 4:00pm to communications@winnipegscontemporarydancers.ca
Please include Open House Registration in the subject line.
The info we need for your registration is your name and email address.

at The Rachel Browne Theatre

10:30am in person sign in and introduction (required)
11:00am Group Warm-Up followed by casual Movement Explorations with Choreographers: Zorya Arrow and Ming Hon.

WCD invites Winnipeg-based professional dancers at all stages of their career to express interest, including dancers who identify as emerging, mid-career and senior artists. One of WCD’s long standing goals is to support and engage dance artists at all stages of their development. We encourage all Winnipeg-based professional level contemporary dancers to join us.

WCD’s Open House is a new initiative and is created as an opportunity for Winnipeg-based dancers to express their desire to work with both WCD as well as with the above choreographers for WCD’s first show of the 2019-2020 season.

The goal of the Open House is to offer a welcoming environment for Winnipeg-based professional dancers who are interested in working as a dancer for WCD as well as for choreographers to meet and experience the shared energy of interested dancers. It is the sincere goal that dancers who express desire at the Open House will be considered for casting by the choreographers. 

Rehearsal Weeks for Ming Hon’s creation process:
Creation period: Oct 28 – Nov 01, Nov 04-08, Nov 18-22, 2019.  
Production week: November 25-Dec 01, 2019.  

Rehearsal Weeks for Zorya Arrow’s creation process:
Creation period: Sept 23-26, Sept 30-Oct 4, Oct 28-Nov 01, Nov 04-08, Nov 18-22, 2019. This will be a mixture of day and some evening rehearsals on specific Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays.
Production week: November 25-Dec 01, 2019.

Please note: Once rehearsal and performance schedule is posted, dancers must be available without restrictions in order to be considered for the project.

Dancers will be paid an hourly rate in accordance to CADA West standards as independent contractors. Professional level open class will be provided as a service to the dancers and in conjunction with one of WCD’s overall and ongoing artistic goals, that being to offer professional development opportunities for artists.

Following the Open House, there will be a short reception for participants.  
If you cannot attend the Open House, but wish to express your interest, please do so by submitting a sample of your work via a video link, no longer than 5 minutes, to your performance work as a dancer, preferably a link without a password, as well as a short bio (150 words max) and brief description (250 words max) expressing what motivates your desire to dance with WCD and the choreographer(s)  to: communications@winnipegscontemporarydancers.ca before June 3rd at 4:00pm.  Please include Open House Online Submission in the subject line.  Please note: In person attendance is preferred.

The Open House is intended to be a welcoming and casual environment. Please dress as you would dress for a regular rehearsal.


Headshot by Erin Buelow

Zorya Arrow
As a choreographer/directer Zorya Arrow has created over ten original performance works, presented by Young Lungs Dance Exchange, Nova Dance Collective and Company Link. In addition, she recently choreographed The Threepenny Opera (Sick + Twisted/AA Battery), and directed Heavenly Bodies (Happy/Accidents).

Arrow holds an Honours degree in Dance from the University of Winnipeg in affiliation with The School of Contemporary Dancers Senior Professional Program, and has continued interest in Contact Improvisation, Clown, Devised and Physical Theatre within her authentically driven performance practice. 

Arrow performed in Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers’ 2017/2018 season production of Flesh + Machine.

Headshot by Calvin Lee Joseph

Ming Hon
Ming Hon is a dancer, choreographer, and performance artist, using video and installation.  Hon’s works have shown internationally, including at: Canada Hub, Taipei AV, NAC’s Prairie Scene, SummerWorks Festival, PlugIn ICA and more.  She has been featured by Border Crossings, Canadian Art, CBC, Vice, The Guardian, The BBC and more. Her work will be in London, England at RichMix this fall, and she premieres a new work ‘Exciting Consequences’ at Prairie Theatre Exchange in 2020 under new performance project A.O.V. Adults Only Video. She regularly collaborates as a performer/collaborator, credits include: Karen Asher, Rebecca Belmore, Sarah Anne Johnson, Noam Gonnick, Guy Maddin, and Rober Racine.

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